I have to admit, my knowledge of ’80s TV series isn’t that great, but when you put Denzel Washington into the mix for an adaptation of one of them, you instantly start to get interested.

Variety are reporting that Sony Pictures Entertainment are partnering with Escape Artists to develop an adaptation of The Equalizer, a show which ran back in 1985-89, with Washington attached to star.

The film is to be scripted by Richard Wenk, whose credits include the actioners 16 Blocks, led by Bruce Willis, and the recent The Mechanic remake, led by Jason Statham and Ben Foster, along with the upcoming The Expendables 2, so clearly he’s got a penchant for writing action films.

The Equalizer,

“revolves around a former secret agent who offers his investigative services in order to atone for his past sins.”

Frequent collaborators Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, who’ve worked with Washington already on the recent The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 remake, will be producing the film.

Washington is naturally one of those actors who needs no introduction, and any news of his upcoming roles will always be welcome. No word yet on a possible director, but with Washington attached, there’s a good chance that we’ll be hearing more news on this in the coming months. The actor is currently filming Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action in Flight opposite John Goodman, and will next be seen starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, which, judging by the trailer, looks pretty damn awesome, and will be with us on 24th February next year.